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About Coyot.es Network

We are:

  • a group of blogs by people who are interested in biodiversity and local landscapes, environmental justice, grassroots activism, nature photography, and other arenas of environmentalism increasingly ignored by the heavily-funded mainstream environmental movement
  • a community of bloggers that selects among possible new additions to the network, aiming for good basic science, conviviality, creative style and diversity
  • a network of activists, essayists, poets, artists and photographers, wonks and dabblers, gray-bearded elders and enthusiastic young folks
  • a built-in community of fellow bloggers who generate traffic, discussion, and ideas for one another.

We’re looking for new, talented bloggers who’d like to join us. We approve our new members as a group, with an eye toward diversity in voices, origins, perspectives and subject matter. When you sign on, you get a blog that has incoming sidebar links from every other blog in the network. You become part of a new community of bloggers who help promote your work as you help promote theirs. And all of this helps us advance the causes of the urban, rural and wild landscapes we love and the wild things that live in them.

Interested? You can apply for membership here.

3 responses to About Coyot.es Network

  1. Wish you great luck with this enterprise. It almost makes me wish I weren’t so far out of the field.

  2. I’d love to be involved, Chris, but I already have a website, Gold Boat Journeys (Live Write Travel Explore) where I frequently “slog” (i.e. write in the Ship’s Log) about wild wanderings and creative adventures. It’s not action-oriented, but more philosophical. How does this work if I do not need or want another blog? I’m thinking of starting a community page on mine where I would trade links like-minded bloggers and websites, categorized by topic, sort of like news departments at an old-style newspaper, listing beats of every reporter. My key concern of late has been to advocate for more accountability, critical thinking and discussion across social media so that reputable bloggers, photographers and news sources rise to the top and researchers think of my community as a resource.

  3. When I read The Biggest Public Land Grab you were “singing to the choir” because those are words right out of my mouth. I’ve fought against wind turbines from the day I heard them coming in through my windows and ventilation. I live in Sand Canyon and border Tomo-Kahni State Park, and can see and hear hundreds of wind mills. I connect with opposition groups throughout North America, Scotland and Spain primarily through TCRED https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tehachapi-Communities-for-Responsible-Energy-Development/210632038973095 and I’m a member of Friends of Sand Canyon.

    I call, write and email senators, environmental groups that support wind energy like Audubon, ABC Birds and 350.org. They don’t like me. Most recently I watched the Alta East hearing on 1/22/13. Oviatt boldly talked about Terragen’s application for Bald and Golden eagles and the telemetry that would be used for the condors. She did not disclose Center for Biodiversity’s letter stating that less than 50% of the condors are fitted with GPS devices and none of the other raptors. This approval sets precedence for the next wind development approval because the Director of Planning will use the approval of Alta East as the standard for subsequent decisions. 1 condor strike per year per 30 year by this vendor’s equipment will remove 30 of about 225 in the wild. Further, the Staff Report stated Terragen had a “take” permit for Mojave Desert tortoises. (our community saw the low fencing along the 58 east of Cameron Cyn. so they must have been removing tortoises.) This is insane. BLM is their partner on this but has not made their decision yet.

    We made a YouTube video of Lorelei Oviatt, Planning Director’s presentation, a summary of the Staffing Report. The link is below.The site doesn’t support loading of images so the letter for Center for Biological Diversity is not included.

    1. YouTube video. Kern County Board of Supervisors Alta East hearing. Presentation by Planning Director: http://youtu.be/9CCQ2AhoRiA
    2. Link to hearing. 1/22/1013 – 2:00 pm hearing. Begins at 5:00 minute mark. http://www.co.kern.ca.us/bos/AgendaMinutesVideo.aspx#.UP9A2CfAfTo This should provide the link. You might be queried to load Microsoft Media software.
    3. Link to Staffing Report, non searchable: http://www.co.kern.ca.us/planning/pdfs/eirs/AltaEast/alta_east_wind_bos_sr_012213.pdf Page 10 & 11 &Page 14, #1 for endangered species references. Possibly others.
    4. Letter from Center for Biological Diversity not attached. The information was important to convey as part of the decision making but withheld from the Supervisors.

    I’ve contacted the LA Times, Lois Henry at the Californian, posted on the Sacramento Bee, called David Hacker at FWS in Ventura, emailed Kern Audubon and blogged all over the web to get attention. Any ideas of other resources would be welcome but I won’t stop until Kern County stops slaughter our birds and bat.

    Thanks for listening.

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